Mt Surprise to Karumba Road Trip is varied and cover a fascinating range of topics and places

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Mt Surprise to Karumba Road Trip is varied and cover a fascinating range of topics and places

Bedrock Village Caravan Park in Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours is located in the historic township of Mt. Surprise, 320 km southwest of Cairns on the Savannah Way.
Designed and built by Joe and Jo Lockyer and their children Amy and Toby on their 9 acres of bush land. Years of creation has transformed the area from a harsh basalt landscape into an oasis.

Joe Lockyer has been a member of Savannah Guides since 1992 and Bedrock Village was accredited as a Savannah Guide Site in April 2001.

Joe is a highly skilled bushman and has a wealth of knowledge of the local flora, fauna, geology and history. This strong background is put to outstanding use as he shares his passion and enthusiasm through his diverse range of guided tours which include the Undara Volcanic National Park and Savannahlander train.

Bedrock Village Caravan Park - Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park – Mt Surprise

Accommodation

Bedrock Village Caravan Park offers spacious, shady, drive through powered sites. Each site has native tree screening on either side to encompass a quiet and private bay. The lawned camping area, set among the trees, is equipped with its own camp kitchen which includes a toaster, kettle, and fridge and hot and cold water sink.

There are 34 cabins at Bedrock Village all of which are air conditioned, ensuited, have television and linen is supplied. 30 of these cabins have full cooking facilities and one is suited to disabled patrons.

Bedrock Village Caravan Park - Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park – Mt Surprise

Facilities

The 11 metre salt water pool, 9 hole mini golf course and television room, ensure that the younger visitors to Bedrock Village have plenty to keep them occupied.

Free gas BBQs and 2 camp kitchens are offered for self-catering. Clothes lines and laundry facilities are available in the recreation area.

Pet minding is available for those wishing to join a tour; the fee is a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Most evenings from Easter until the end of September, there are free camp-fire activities and inexpensive home cooked evening meals are served. Everyone is encouraged to join in and have a laugh and feed and enjoy the family atmosphere with Jo & Joe.

Bedrock Village Caravan ParBedrock Village Caravan Park - Mt Surprisek - Mt Surprise

Bedrock Village Caravan Park – Mt Surprise

Tours

Tours run from Easter to the end of September during the dry season. Special interest tours and charters can be arranged.

Tours are varied and cover a fascinating range of topics and places. Day tours to the world famous Undara Volcanic National Park include a walk up Kalkani Crater, learning about our volcanic past. Learn from the encyclopedia of the bush as your guide shows you stories told by rocks and plants and wildlife in the changing landscape of the National Park.

 

Undara Experience commences our Green Season operational change over as of the 1st November each year

Undara Experience commences our Green Season operational change over as of the 1st November each year

 

Atherton Tablelands to Undara Queensland Australia

Atherton Tablelands to Undara Queensland Australia

Another unique highlight about Undara is we’re 700 metres above sea level so we experience less humidity with a drier climate during the day and much cooler evenings. The annual rains trigger an explosion of colour as the country is transformed from its usual brown and dry environment to one of a sea of green.

Undara to Mount Surprise

Undara to Mount Surprise

Undara to Mount Surprise

Undara to Mount Surprise

This is the time of year to experience our incredible native wildlife at its best as they take advantage of the sudden abundance of food and water. Please note that some accommodation and meal options will not be available during this period. Please ask our reservation team for details.

Please note: In seasons of extreme monsoonal rains (once every 20 years), the lava tubes at Undara can fill with water and create a phenomenal natural underwaterenvironment.

Undara Lava Tubes Between Cairns and Townsville QLD

Undara Lava Tubes Between Cairns and Townsville QLD

Take a trip aboard the Savannahlander train for a 2 hour journey to the quaint outback town of Einasleigh. Have a wonder down to Copperfield Gorge with its basalt columns. View the antique miniature furniture displays at the local pub. On the return journey enjoy billy afternoon tea on the banks of the Einasleigh River.

O'Briens Lane, Templestowe

O’Briens Lane, Templestowe

Tag along topaz gem fossicking tours to O’Briens Creek, can be arranged from Bedrock Village. Experience the thrill of digging your own semi-precious stone and having it set into a striking piece of jewellery.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Easter Holidays

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Easter Holidays

From Mt Surprise we continued heading west on The Savannah Way , which connects Cairns in the east with Broome in the west via the Gulf of Carpentaria. We stopped for lunch at Lake Belmore, a few kilometres out of Croydon, and then continued into Normanton. We decided to stay here for a few nights as the annual Normanton Show and Rodeo was being held on the Friday and during the weekend. We stayed at the Normanton Tourist Park in the centre of town and were placed in a site right next to their great 25 metre swimming pool and heated spa.

Anzac Day 25 April Qld Australia

Anzac Day 25 April Qld Australia

We drove down to the ‘wharf’ and across the new Jim Whyte bridge, and walked over the Norman River on the old bridge. Next to the bridge were some wetlands with abundant lillies and bird life, including some large sarus cranes. We also popped into the Visitor Centre, which had photos of the January floods as well as the higher floods of 1974. It was amazing to see just how much water was over the roads and bridges we had just visited. We had a chat to Deb in the Visitor Centre who was born and raised in Darwin and has lived in Normanton for a few years. Her aunt teaches at Nightcliff Primary School – it’s a small world.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park New Barramundi Centre Opening 2018

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park New Barramundi Centre Opening 2018

Afterwards, we visited the old gaol and a replica of ‘Krys the Savannah King’, a crocodile shot in the Norman River by Krystina Pawlowski in 1957. Krys measured 8.63 metres (28 ft 4 in) long, weighed over 2 tons and is said to be the largest recorded crocodile captured in the world. It was absolutely huge although the girth looked a bit unrealistic, but apparently the replica is made to the dimensions listed in the Guiness Book of Records based on photos taken at the time, which were lost in the 1974 floods. 

Barramundi Fishing ANGLER COMPETITION 6/7/8 April 2018

Barramundi Fishing ANGLER COMPETITION 6/7/8 April 2018

After an early dinner we watched the Normanton Rodeo street parade. The parade was led by many horse riders of all ages. The Rural Fire Brigade truck decided to have a ‘water war’ with the Purple Pub. Someone in the Purple Pub was valiantly shooting back with their fire hose, but the fire truck definitely won. We’re not sure if this ‘attack’ was because the parade and much of the Normanton Rodeo was sponsored by the Albion Hotel, a rival pub. It was a fun event to be part. 

normanton purple pub

Normanton Purple Pub

Next Day, We headed out to the show quite early and climbed up on the railings with the other early birds to watch the camp draft event, which went all day. Each contestant has to isolate one cow from a group of cattle in a small pen, herd it through the gate and into the arena. Then they have to herd the cow around two posts in a figure eight pattern and then back through another two posts, the finish line. It looked very difficult and only about 1 in 20 cowboys/girls were successful within the time limit. Some very talented horsemen/women entered, all vying for a $2,000 first prize, and it was very interesting to watch. Later, we wandered over to watch some of the Gymkhana events and saw lots of tiny tots on horses and ponies. We visited the pavilion and looked at the art, craft and cooking entries. The photographic section was really big with lots of amazing photos. 

Karumba is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia. Situated on the mouth of the Norman River, the charming port town of Karumba is already well known as a recreational fishing mecca and birdwatchers paradise. Whilst Karumba is fast becoming a must do destination for travellers and fishing enthusiasts looking for an experience with a difference, Karumba has retained an untouched quality due to its relative isolation and small population.

During the summer (the wet season), the monsoon rains replenish the waterways and attract a multitude of birds with Karumba being internationally recognised as being an important habitat for some of the most unique birdlife in the world. Part of the wet season also incorporates the closed season (regulated waters) for barramundi fishing, which prevents people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect these species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.

During winter, with the Barramundi in abundance and with the season declared open, many fishing enthusiasts and tourists from round Australia and overseas descend on Karumba for some of the best wild caught barramundi in Australia.

Barramundi Fishing Queensland Australia Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Special Day

Barramundi Fishing Queensland Australia Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Special Day

The rich marine wetlands wind their way inland some 30 kilometres from the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline – this is truly where the savannah outback meets the sea. It also has the distinction of being the only town along the southern Gulf of Carpentaria that is within sight of the Gulf itself.

What else can you experience in Karumba?

Witness one of the most magnificent sunsets in Australia; Take in the rare Morning Glory cloud that rolls through Karumba in the early hours of some mornings in September and October; or Walk along the beachfront at Karumba Point Beach – the only beach in the Gulf accessible by a sealed road – and just soak in the beauty of the place that is truly Outback by the Sea And the popularity of Barramundi is everywhere you look and you can learn all about these remarkable fish at the Barramundi Discovery Centre Activities include:

Fishing
Camping
Bird Watching
Animal Watching
Golfing
Off Road Driving

Where is Karumba? Karumba is 71 km by road from Normanton, 780kms from Cairns and 2159 km from the state capital, Brisbane. The nearest airports are Normanton & Cairns. 

Take a tour at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre to discover the secret life of barramundi

Take a tour at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre to discover the secret life of barramundi

Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

Book Now Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Fishing Accommodation

BOOK NOW! for February, March, and April. You may also do advanced booking for May, June, and July.
Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: (07) 4745 9277
Fax (07) 4745 9480
E-mail info@sunsetcp.com.au
http://www.sunsetcp.com.au

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